By now, you’ve surely seen a few Harlem Shake videos. They all start with one person, often in a helmet or mask, dancing to a dubstep-type song while everyone else around them acts normal. But as the song switches tempo, everyone suddenly dons crazy outfits and does the silliest dance possible, all while moving along to the song “Harlem Shake.”
The song, an electronic mix of samples and sounds including the phrase “Do the Harlem Shake,” is by a DJ named Baauer and was released in May 2012, but it wasn’t until a couple of Youtube videos featuring funny videos were released in February 2013 that the Harlem Shake meme exploded. Already in March 2013, it’s estimated that there are more than 50,000 Harlem Shake Youtube videos, and at one point there were more than 4,000 Harlem Shake videos being uploaded every day.
In case you’re clamoring for a few Harlem Shake videos, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of our favorites, which can be viewed here on Zui.com.
Zui.com favorite MattyB has his own version of the Harlem Shake, and we especially the seemingly innocent and curious bystander getting in on the action in the back.
This one featuring the NBA’s Miami Heat is one of our favorites, as superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and more don the craziest of crazy outfits and Harlem Shake all over the team’s locker room.
The crew at Seaworld San Antonio put on quite a performance, recruiting walruses and sea lions to be a part of the Harlem Shake craziness.
For video game fans, there’s even a Minecraft version of the Harlem Shake, with zombies, fire and more all getting down and dirty to the Harlem Shake beats.
And after taking in a few of those, make sure to watch this one featuring kids’ reactions to Harlem Shake videos. This one also does a good job of asking questions about the dance, and discussing why it’s popular.
So what do you think of the Harlem Shake? Have you made any Harlem Shake videos? Are you sick of them? Leave us a comment and let us know!
Family Tech expert Johner Riehl is co-author of the Modern Parent’s Guidebook series, a producer and host for Parent Savers Online Radio, and the founder and editorial director of FamilyFriendlyVideoGames.com, a site dedicated to offering families easy-to-understand information about family-friendly games and Apps. He’s also a freelance consultant and writer, living in San Diego with his wife Christina and three sons. TWITTER: @FamilyTechDad @FmlyFrndlyVdGms